I'm Rosemary Willatt, a PhD student at the NCEO Centre for Polar and Modelling at UCL.
I will be on Arctic sea ice with two UCL colleagues Seymour Laxon and Katharine Giles and other international scientists on CryoVEx 2011.
Why? The satellite CryoSat-2 was launched to measure sea ice thickness. To understand the measurements it makes from space we need to go out into the field. We'll look at how variable the snow and ice are, and whether CryoSat-2 can see through snow of different types.
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
We're home safe and sound, and satisfied with how the experiment went.
It was a very strange experience to come back to the UK in full sunshine and +20 C - I never thought I would find London too hot in April!
Just a couple of photos to finish off with, starting with the CryoVEx 2011 ground team and aircraft crew:
Christian, Malcolm, Seymour, Justin, Katharine, me; and the pilots Troy and Derek, and engineer Iain
And having started with Meet the Team, say goodbye to the UCL lot (wearing considerably more than last time!) - thank you to Seymour and Stefan for the photo.
It has been quite an experience - a hard but successful trip. Thank you to everyone who contributed, and for letting me be part of it!